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Wednesday, December 29, 2010


the holidays

The Western Pocono Lioness Club held its December meeting/holiday party at the American Legion Post home in Gilbert, Dec. 21.

Among the activities was a gift exchange game some call: "Now you have it, now you don't," and charades dealing with holiday songs and movies. Refreshments included a variety of treats.

The group will not meet again until Feb. 22, weather permitting.

An upcoming event in which the club will participate is Pleasant Valley School District's A Night of Unity, set for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Summit Hill

SHCIO to meet

The Summit Hill Community Improvement Organization will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in the borough hall.

Debra Ranck, president, will be in charge of the session.

New Year's masses

The Rev. James Burdess, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Summit Hill, has announced the schedule of masses for the New Year's holiday as follows:

Masses will be celebrated on New Year's Eve, Friday, at 6:30 p.m., and on New Year's Day, Saturday, at 9 a.m.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Adult day care

The Tamaqua Area Adult Day Care Center has a variety of activities planned for the month of January, including: Jan. 3, communion; Jan. 5, bingo and craft day; Jan. 12, sing-along with Audrey Christ; Jan. 17, cooking class; Jan. 19, Salvation Army visit; Jan. 20, visit from St. Jerome's kindergarten class; Jan. 21, hat day; Jan. 24, visit from Skye the therapy dog; Jan. 26, monthly birthday party; Jan. 28, pancake day.

In addition to weekly sing-alongs and social games, hairstyling and manicure services are available. Both require advance notice.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Trinity Lutheran Church

The Trinity Lutheran Church in Lansford on Friday, Dec. 24 will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service at 8 p.m.

A regular morning worship service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.

Golden Agers

The Panther Valley Golden Agers had as special guests at their Dec. 13 meeting, musicians from Our Lady of the Angels Academy. The 16 students range from grade three to eight. They are under the direction of teacher Tom Dowd.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Holiday

Services slated

St. John's Lutheran Church, Sixth and North streets, has announced its Christmas Eve service. The service will begin with special music at 7 p.m. followed by the service of Holy Communion at 7:30. There will also be a service held on Christmas day at 9 a.m. There will be no service on Saturday evening this weekend or the next and there is no Sunday School on Sunday.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tax exemptions

The Schuylkill County and Tamaqua Borough Per Capita and Occupation Tax Exemption forms for the year 2011 are currently available for Borough of Tamaqua residents.

The exemption forms can be obtained at the Tamaqua Municipal Building, 320 E. Broad St., Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Forms will also be available at tax collector Alan Keer's office, the Tamaqua Area School District Administration building, the Tamaqua ABC High Rise, Majestic House Apartment Complex, the Tamaqua Public Library and the Tamaqua Post Office.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Salem United Church of Christ

On Friday, Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Services will be held at Salem UCC, located behind the Turkey Hill in Gilbert, with a traditional service at 6:30 p.m. and a contemporary service at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Salem St. Paul's Lutheran Church

SSP will be holding Christmas Eve services on Friday, Dec. 24 at 4:30, 7 and 10 p.m. Join them for communion, carols, and candlelight. SSP is handicap accessible and is located on Trach Drive in Kresgeville.

Birthday wishes

Happy birthday to Virginia Anglemyer on Dec. 24.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Special guest

Members of the Western Pocono Lions Club had a holiday party as their meeting for December. A special guest was Jorge Rivas who spoke about his camp experience at Beacon Lodge. The club had sponsored Rivas' attendance.

Citing the friends he made, the activities that were available, and how good it was to be with others who are also visually impaired, Rivas volunteered to go back any time the club wanted. He also played his trumpet for the group.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Winter recess

Northern Lehigh School District will have early dismissal at 11:45 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 23. Schools will remain closed for Winter Recess from Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. School resumes Monday, Jan. 3.

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas to all of our readers.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Rush-Ryan seniors

The Rush, Ryan and Delano Senior Citizens Inc. held its annual Christmas party on Dec. 14 at the Ryan Township Fire Company, Barnesville, with 46 members in attendance. President Eleanor Schmerfeld offered opening remarks. The event was catered by Christy Joy and included a gift exchange. Favors were provided by Betty Brobst and Eleanor Schmerfeld, while Hub and Shirley Becker donated Christmas lollipops.

Vice President Rhoda Purnell was welcomed back following an extended absence.